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2014 Grammy Awards Predictions

Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead country music’s nominees at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The ceremony is on Sunday (Jan. 26), and Taste of Country predicts one of these women will be shut out, while the other will win big.

They’re hardly the only stars hoping for Grammys, however, nor are they only Nashville talent excited to be taking the stage. Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw and Hunter Hayes are a few others hoping for their first — or next — Grammy!

Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton


The Biggest Upset Will Be:



The Best Country Duo/Group Performance category holds five distinguished performances, but none that stand out the way Little Big Town‘s ‘Pontoon’ did last year. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton are the most well-known stars, which matters if voters are choosing sentimental favorites. ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’ is a beautiful song that received much publicity last fall. Look for it to take the Grammy in this category.


Darius Rucker
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Best Country Solo Performance Will Go To:



He asked for it, and he’ll get it. Darius Rucker said it’d be shameful if ‘Wagon Wheel’ wasn’t nominated for a Grammy. The song has the sales and chart figures to justify a win, but more than anything, you can’t listen to the song without smiling and singing along. If voters want to punish him because it’s a cover song, Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’ will take this award.


Miranda Lambert
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Best Country Song Will Go To:



Lee Brice’s ‘I Drive Your Truck’ took the CMA in this category, but expect theĀ trend of disharmony between that ceremony and the Grammys to continue. The winner will need to have crossover appeal, which leaves only Swift, Musgraves, Shelton and Lambert. We like Lambert because it feels like a win-win for her and Musgraves, the co-writer of ‘Mama’s Broken Heart.’


Kacey Musgraves
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Best Country Album Will Go To:



It’s not fair or even right, but albums from traditional country superpowers don’t tend to do well at the Grammys. McGraw’s ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ and Shelton’s ‘Based on a True Story …’ are deserving, but none made quite the impact of Musgraves’ ‘Same Trailer Different Park.’ From top to bottom, this is the best album of these five and a sure winner for Best Country Album.


Kacey Musgraves
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The Big Winner Will Be:



The 2014 Grammy Awards will be Kacey Musgraves’ night, with multiple wins and a performance slot that will open eyes and justify her spot on Katy Perry‘s tour to any of the pop singer’s fans that were crying “Who?” Her fem-flirty style will surely draw attention, but it’s going to be Musgraves’ music and her cool stage presence that leave everyone searching for more information.


Next: See a Full List of 2014 Grammy Nominees

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